The DG Mallam Farouk Salim addressing the Union members

L-R: Yusuf Isa Abdulrahman,Secretary; Agyu Emmanuel Ewu,Treasurer; Comfort Arannilewa,Ex-officio;Mallam Farouk Salim,Director General/ Chief Executive Officer; Zaharadeen Abubakar,NCC Chairman; Edith Alimi Fiberesima,Vice Chairperson; Alhassan Gimba,Ex- officio

The Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim has tasked the labour unions in the organization to focus on the general welfare of its members and the collective interest of SON staff at all times.

Mallam Salim made the call at the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected National Coordinating Committee of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employers (AUPCTRE), the Standards Organisation of Nigeria’s branch at the Corporate Headquarters, Abuja recently.

Speaking during the inauguration, the DG SON charged the new Union Leaders to ensure that they always place the collective interest of the staff above personal gains, enjoining them to look into activities that will aid in raising funds for the union to maintain its independence to better.

He advised the union to make sure their presence is felt by staff members at different points in their career and also providing support when members are in poor health or dire situations. He urged them to seek out activities that increase solidarity among its members and not wait for only the May Day celebrations to gather.

Mallam Salim reiterated his commitment to staff welfare and career advancement which he said led his administration to set up a committee to address issues of promotion, conversation, upgrading and proper placement of staff.

According to him, the review of the processes and procedure was to ensure an improvement in the conduct of promotion examinations and proper placement in the organisation.

The DG also disclosed that provisions were made for provision of official buses to some state offices to ease issues of logistics and transportation of staff amongst others.

He also informed the Union members that SON’s Condition of Service (COS) will soon be implemented as it was currently receiving office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) awaiting final approval.

Salim further explained that the management of SON understands the rights of workers and will ensure that industrial peace and harmony prevails in the organisation.

Swearing – in the newly elected Executives, the HOD, Education and International / Representative of the National Chairman of AUPCTRE, Comrade Remi Adediji, urged the management of SON to extend the same working relationship accorded to the immediate past executive to the Zaharadeen Abubakar led executives.

In his remarks at the occasion, newly elected Chairman of the National Coordinating Committee, SON branch, Comrade Zaharadeen Abubakar, re- affirmed his commitment to promote and protect the collective interest of SON staff and called on staff to support the Union in her struggles to promote collective interest.

He reiterated that the topmost concern of SON Staff is the implementation of the COS and pledged to work with management to achieve its implementation. He sought increased collaboration with the SON management and pledged to work with the management to realise its objectives.

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